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Luis Suarez’s return hands Barcelona title advantage

first_img Loading… The 33-year old has been out of action after undergoing surgery on a persistent knee injury back in January. Defending La Liga champions Barcelona have been given a crucial boost in their title defence, with the return from injury of Luis Suarez.Advertisement The club opted to sanction the operation amid concerns the problem could worsen if he waited until the end of the season.Barcelona failed to sign an attacking replacement for the Uruguayan international, following Ousmane Dembele’s own return to fitness.But his later injury pushed La Blaugrana to controversially sign an emergency player outside of the designated transfer window.Their move for Leganes’ Martin Braithwaite angered Javier Aguirre, as his relegation battlers were unable to replace the Danish international.However, the La Liga coronavirus suspension has now opened up the possibility of Suarez returning before the end of the season.That would break key stipulation which facilitated Braithwaite’s arrival, with Barcelona having to prove ‘season ending’ injuries to both Suarez and Dembele.The former Liverpool man confirmed in a interview with Canal*, via Marca, he has started training again, and will return to the team when football resumes.La Liga have not set a date for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, with dates in May and June currently under consideration.Barcelona are two points ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid in title race, but with 11 games still to play.Quique Setien’s side also have a Champions League last 16 clash against Napoli, potentially earmarked for early August.The return of Suarez could prove to be a significant advantage for the Catalan side in their season run in.Barcelona have struggled for goals in his absence, scoring more than two goals in just two of their eight La Liga games in 2020.This has placed even more pressure on Lionel Messi to maintain their title push, with Ansu Fati the only other player to score more than one league goal this calendar year.Read Also: Fabregas confident Messi will stay with BarcelonaSuarez’s record in front of goal has been key for Barcelona in recent seasons, with 20+ league goals in each of the last four seasons.And his late season goal scoring form presents a really exciting option in sportsbook offers, with 28 league goals in run ins across the last four years.That consistency will reduce the intense focus on Messi, and could open up vital spaces and goal scoring chances for Fati and Antoine Griezmann, as Setien looks to secure a major title inside his first six months in charge.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And Skills5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better7 Gadgets & Inventions That Could Save Our Planetlast_img read more

St. Louis Grade School Basketball Results

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 5th grade boys basketball team played their 1st game of the season tonight at the Activity Center and were victorious with a win over visiting St. Michaels of Brookville by the score of 29 – 26.It was a very competitive, close game all night long which saw the Cardinals down by four points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Then the offense exploded and scored 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to seal the victory.The team played solid defense and was led in scoring by Charlie Schebler (10), Alec Bunselmeier (9), Ben Harmeyer (6) and Noah Tuveson (4). Nate Vankirk, Frank Forbeck, Nate Reder, Luke Meyer and Luke Meer also significantly contributed to the win.The next game will be Monday, November 9 at Mt. Carmel.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team got off to a great start to their season Thursday evening with a win at home over a good St. Michael’s team, 31-14.The scoring attack was lead by Hunter Laudick with significant scoring coming from Adam Vogelsang, Cody Mohr and Kyle Salatin. There was also a big rebounding effort from Mohr, Abe Streator and Joseph Suttman.Defense was the key to this victory though with the Cardinals holding St. Michael’s to 14 points while the home team was able to put up 31!!Courtesy of Cardinals Coaches Jim Mohr and Dale Amrhein.last_img read more

Hansen proves up to challenge, wins IMCA Modified Sweet Diamond Series

first_imgChase Hansen was champion of the inaugural Sweet Diamond Challenge Series for IMCA Modifieds. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) MYTON, Utah – Chase Hansen has celebrated four IMCA Modified track championships at Dia­mond Mountain Speedway.He finally got to celebrate a special series championship there this year.Hansen, from Myton, Utah, won the inaugural Sweet Diamond Challenge Series title, with the top point total from four races at Diamond Mountain and four more at Sweetwater Speedway.“It was pretty cool to get my first series championship,” he said. “I came close the last year of the Wild West Tour. It’s something I always wanted to do.”Hansen had put himself in the series driver’s seat with a sweep of the series-opening twinbill at Vernal in June.“We were fast that weekend,” he understated. “On the second night I passed my brother Dustin for the lead with about four laps to go. He was driving my other car and it was neat that both cars were battling for the win.”With the responsibilities of his own business to tend to, Hansen ran a limited schedule in 2018 and had three wins overall in 22 starts. He traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway for Race For Hope 74 and to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Duel in the Desert, two of the events that he hopes to have back on his sched­ule in 2019.“I really want to do more traveling. There are a lot of races I would like to go back to, like Race For Hope and the Duel, and maybe the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour, too.”Wins-2                    Top Five Finishes-4           Starts-8HIS CREW: Guy Gardner.HIS SPONSORS: Jet Lift Systems, Chase Hansen Racing and Hooked Up Performance Products, all of Myton; Signs N Lines and Pumpers Inc., both of Roosevelt; A&D Pump Parts of Arcadia; Simper Racing of Vernal; Smack Daddy’s of Price; Speed Shift TV; Speedway Motors Crate Engines of Lincoln, Neb.; Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Wright Race Cars of Rock Springs, Wyo.; Bassett Racing Wheel of Burling­ton, Wis.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; BSB Manufacturing of Welling­ton, Kan.; KRC of Lockwood, Mo.; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants of Farmington, N.M.; and Hammond Motorsports of DeWitt, Iowa.last_img read more

QPR move for Ferdinand and Caulker

first_imgQPR are set to sign former England captain Rio Ferdinand and have agreed a fee with Cardiff for Steven Caulker, manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed. Press Association “Rio has agreed to join us and we’re hopeful of getting that one over the line when he gets back from the World Cup,” Redknapp said to Telegraph Sport. “I can’t foresee any problems with it and we’d be delighted if we can get it done soon. “He’s been a player at the top of the list since he left Manchester United and he would give the whole place a lift with his quality and experience.” Redknapp hopes Caulker, 22, will also opt to head to Loftus Road. The QPR boss added: “We’ve agreed a fee with Cardiff and it’s now up to Steven to decide his next move. “I know him well from Spurs and he’s always been a tremendous prospect. Hopefully that’s another one we can get done.” Earlier this week, QPR – promoted via the play-off final at Wembley – announced the release of Aaron Hughes, Stephane Mbia and Andrew Johnson at the end of their contracts, while midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has signed a contract extension. Goalkeeper Rob Green and striker Bobby Zamora are also in talks over possible new deals. center_img The 35-year-old defender is available on a free transfer having been released by Manchester United at the end of his contract, and following his return from media duties at the World Cup is set for a move back to London, where he started his career at West Ham under Redknapp. Former Tottenham centre-back Caulker, rated at some £8million, is another target for the newly-promoted Hoops, but the Cardiff captain is also attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Southampton. last_img read more

Victoria Park, SCC to clash in SCA Elite final

first_img… HACC six-year rule ends in emphatic fashionBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — The inaugural winners of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) Elite Division will be crowned on Saturday when Scarborough Cricket Club (SCC) and Victoria Park clash in the 50-over final. This followed SCC’s victory over Ambassadors Cricket Club and Victoria Park’s crushing of Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) at the Ashtonbee ground on Sunday.After ruling the roost in the Premiere League for six consecutive years and enduring one of their worst seasons, HACC succumbed to the spin of left-arm spinner Parth Desai and leg-spinner Shailesh Patel and were bundled out for a paltry 87 in 24.3 overs, replying to the challenging 192 for seven made by Victoria Park in the reduced 40-over semi-final.Bowling in tandem after just one over of pace, the combination spun webs around the HACC batsmen and from a position of 24 without loss, the six-time Premiere League champions, slipped to an unbelievable 51 for eight with Desai grabbing four for 16 and Patel four for 18 from their respective eight overs.Number 10 batsman Shiwram Chidanand (22) and former Guyana wicketkeeper (18) added 36 for the eighth wicket before they both departed at 87 as HACC went down by 107 runs.Earlier, Victoria Park had won the toss and elected to take first strike on a cloudy morning. They were 68 for three in 16 overs when more than an hour-long break meant the game was reduced to 40 overs.Consistent scores from opener Krunal Patel (40 with five fours and a six), Shailesh Patel (38 with two fours), Anand Erramilli (31 with two fours,) Aashin Patwari (31 with two fours) and Guyana’s Eugene LaFleur (26 not out with a six and a four) ensured the eventual winners reached a respectable total. Left-arm spinner Imran Kahn claimed three for 29 from eight overs, Farook Hussain two for 27 from five and Zaheer Allard two for 48 from eight.The other semi-final was a more competitive affair with SCC, who lost to HACC in last year’s Premiere League final, winning by five wickets after being set 191 for victory in their game which was also reduced to 40 overs.Led by a sparkling 82 from Usman Limbada and 72 from Suhauk Variava, SCC reached the required target in 38.2 overs, losing five wickets in the process.Limbada struck five sixes and five fours while Variava’s knock included two sixes and two fours. Skipper Ronald Ramnarine claimed two for 26 from six overs and Amerish Deoraj two for 36 from four.Ambassadors were earlier bowled out for 190 in 39.5 overs with Sahil Nibber hitting four sixes and five fours in a top score of 76 while Ramnarine chipped in with 25 (two fours).Meanwhile, it was a bitter-sweet occasion for HACC whose long-standing skipper Hemnarine Chattergoon announced his retirement from the game after indicating at the beginning of the season that it would have been his last. Chattergoon will be further honoured at the club’s upcoming presentation and dinner at a date to be announced.The club also took the opportunity to honour one of its players, Azhad Amidon, who tied the knot last Friday. Amidon and wife were presented with a token of appreciation by HACC president Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan on behalf of the members.last_img read more

Federer claims historic 18th major with five-set win over Nadal

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyMELBOURNE,(Reuters)-Roger Federer came out on top after a rollercoaster ride in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 and clinch a first grand slam title in four and a half years yesterday.The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending 18th major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival, who had won all three of their previous meetings at Melbourne Park.Lefthander Nadal, also returning from injury this year, showed sustained periods of his brutal best from the baseline but was just unable to stay with his rival in the gut-wrenching drama of the deciding set.Federer was forced to endure a nervous wait for his victory after Nadal unsuccessfully challenged the line call on the second championship point before becoming the first man to win five or more titles at three different grand slams.The Swiss, for many the greatest player of all time, celebrated with tears in his eyes but his first words were for his old friend and rival.“Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws in tennis but I would have been happy to accept one tonight and share it with Rafa,” he said.“I would have been happy to lose to be honest, the comeback was as good as it was. I hope to see you next year but if not, then it was a wonderful year here and I couldn’t be happier tonight.”Nadal, the 2009 champion, was also typically gracious after losing his third Melbourne final and coming up short in his bid for a 15th grand slam title.“It was a great match and I think Roger probably deserved it a little more than me,” the 30-year-old said.“I played a great quality of tennis. That’s great news for me. I believe that if I have my body in the right condition, I can have a great year.”FIRST BREAKTHROUGHFederer made the slower start to the contest but it was the Swiss who made the first breakthrough, converting the first break point of the match with a forehand winner to go 5-4 up.That was enough to take the opening set but this was never going to be a straightforward win for either player and Nadal was all over his opponent’s serve at the start of the second and grabbed a 2-0 lead.Federer had two break points in the next game but Nadal fought them off and then broke again as his rival struggled for accuracy under the Spaniard’s onslaught.Four big forehands gave the Swiss a break back but Nadal held firm to serve out the set and Federer needed three aces to save three break points at the start of the third.The momentum had swung, though, and Federer stepped up a gear and rattled off the next two games with Nadal left scrambling to fend off a second break in a marathon fourth game.He was unable to repeat the feat in the sixth game and Federer, his crosscourt backhand causing Nadal all sorts of problems, secured a two sets to one lead with a drop volley.The pendulum had not finished swinging yet, however, and Nadal broke for 3-1 in the fourth and held under huge pressure in the next game with a brilliant crosscourt forehand winner at full stretch.Nadal again closed out the set and Federer took a medical timeout before the start of the decider, returning to court only to give up his first service game.Federer was not prepared to give up easily on a first grand slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, though, and upped his aggression to put the set back on serve at 3-3 when Nadal sent a rasping forehand wide.He needed another five break points on Nadal’s next service game before the Spaniard finally cracked as Federer sealed the title with a forehand winner that Hawk-Eye confirmed hit the line.“In the fifth set, I didn’t win one serve easily. Even if I played great in the break points, I was suffering a lot,” said Nadal.“He probably remained a little bit more free on points on my serve. That’s what I needed in that moment, and I didn’t have.”With Federer’s contemporary Serena Williams having won the women’s title for the seventh time on Saturday, the 2017 Australian Open is destined be remembered as the retro slam.Federer gave a reminder that no one is immune to the ravages of time, however.“Now it’s time to celebrate in a massive way,” he said. “(But) at 35 years old, I don’t like to say it, but I’m so old and so the body hurts, it aches.”last_img read more

The Latest: Davison first out of Indy 500 in fiery crash

first_imgThe countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports James Davison has brought out the first caution flag of the Indianapolis 500 when he made contact with the wall in the opening laps and his right front tire turned into a ball of fire.Davison was able to exit the car without any problem. His car was still smoking as it was lifted onto a flatbed truck.Scott Dixon went immediately to the front when the green flag dropped, passing pole sitter Marco Andretti heading into Turn 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay also was on the move in the opening laps as Honda flexed the muscle it has shown all month.___1:30 p.m. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___1:40 p.m. The Latest: Davison first out of Indy 500 in fiery crash August 23, 2020 Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana” in 2021.___1 p.m.last_img read more

Boys swim Bees set three pool records in win over C-NS

first_imgBailey Ludden had the first pool mark, during the 200-yard freestyle, where in one minute, 47.58 seconds he routed the field, including John Burns, who posted 1:58.03.Then, in the 200 freestyle relay, Ludden and Burns, paired with Nick Schulz and Quinn Gruppe, rolled to 1:33.66 and needed that pool mark since C-NS’s John Harbaugh, Seaver Schultz, Logan Petralia and Dom Bagozzi posted 1:35.34.Finally, it was Schultz in the 100 breaststroke going 59.06 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, not his fastest time of the winter, but still a pool record. Elsewhere, Schultz went 54.34 seconds in the 100 butterfly to beat out Burns (56.91) as Ludden won the 500 freestyle in 5:07.58. Aidan Solomon, in 1:04.43, held off Jason Isbell (1:06.30) in the 100 backstroke, with Tristan Miranda first (2:17.26) and Harrison Meyers second (2:23.86) in the 200 individual medley.Gruppe was second in the 100 freestyle in 53.47 seconds, but he helped close out the meet in a rousing manner, helping Schultz, Ludden and Burns roar to a time of 3:30.01 in the 400 freestyle relay.In that defeat to F-M two nights earlier, B’ville won the first four races, including the opening 200-yard medley relay where Ludden, Schultz, Burns and Solomon went 1:47.11 to edge F-M’s 1:47.61.Burns was victorious in the 200 freestyle in 2:01.55, with Schultz going 2:07.54 to pull away in the 200 individual medley and Ludden going 23.83 seconds to comfortably win the 50 freestyle.But the Hornets swept the diving points and then won five of the next six races, the lone exception a 100 freestyle where Gruppe (53.61 seconds) and Harrison German (56.48) went 1-2.Some of those races were close, too, such as the 500 freestyle, where Ludden, in 5:06.71, was just behind F-M’s Quinn Smith (5:05.70) as Schultz, in the 100 backstroke, went 59.46 seconds to Smith’s 58.23.Burns swam the 100 butterfly in 58.64 seconds, trailing the 57.01 from the Hornets’ Lucas Weires, but Burns would pair with Ludden, Schultz and Gruppe to go 3:40.17 in the 400 freestyle relay.B’ville’s two remaining regular-season meets are on the road as it goes to Fulton next Tuesday and then visits uburn on Feb. 5.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Unbeaten in its first six meets this winter, the Baldwinsville boys swim team faced some struggles when going up against the other top SCAC Metro division sides.Having lost at home to Liverpool on Jan. 15, the Bees visited Cazenovia College last Tuesday night and would fall again as Fayetteville-Manlius topped them 99-84.All of this was forgotten, though, when B’ville returned home Thursday and, on Senior Night, broke three different pool records on the way to a 52-32 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse.center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys swimminglast_img read more

Wagner coach, athletic director Hameline guides Seahawks for 33rd straight year

first_imgWalt Hameline is the same person Tom Masella knew he was 33 years ago.The difference now is that Hameline has a much more impressive list of accomplishments to his name.“He believes in certain philosophies, playing physically tough football, and over the years it hasn’t changed. His beliefs are still his beliefs,” said Masella, Wagner’s associate head coach and offensive coordinator. “He’s still as competitive as he was when he was an assistant here, and still wants to keep building and raising the bar here for all athletic programs.”Thirty-three years of service to Wagner athletics as the athletic director and head coach of the football team hasn’t made Hameline any less humble. He coached Wagner to the school’s only national title when his football team brought the 1987 Division-III title home to Staten Island, N.Y. Today, he governs an athletic program of nearly 20 Division-I teams.Even after 214 career victories — he’s one of just eight active Football Championship Subdivision coaches with more than 200 — and enough influence on a school to have the football field renamed in his honor, Hameline takes little credit for Wagner’s progress.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re only as good as the people you wrap around you,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have good people around me.”This weekend serves as a bit of a homecoming for the 61-year-old, who grew up an hour away from Syracuse in New Hartford, N.Y., just outside of Utica. Hameline’s Seahawks square off with the Orange, his daughter’s alma mater, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.After a standout playing career at Brockport State, Wagner athletic director P.J. Carlesimo hired Hameline as the head football coach in 1981 and later on added the responsibility of assistant athletic director.When Carlesimo left to coach basketball at Seton Hall in 1982, Hameline stepped into the athletic director position while maintaining his job as head football coach.Today, very few dare to manage an entire athletic program and a football team simultaneously. But Hameline hasn’t relinquished either title.“He’s a great manager of his time,” said Masella, who played on the first Seahawks team that Hameline coached. “He’s very organized and he delegates. Everybody, in all sports, has a job to do and he expects everybody to do it and he holds you accountable.”Just six years after taking over as head coach, Hameline led the Seahawks to a 13-1 record, winning more games than any other college football team despite one of the most difficult D-III schedules in the nation, and upset heavily-favored Dayton to capture the 1987 national championship.In the late ‘90s, Hameline oversaw several improvements to Wagner’s athletics. A new softball field was opened. Both Wagner College Stadium and the track and field facility underwent renovations, and the Spiro Sports Center – a $13 million project for students and student-athletes – was constructed.All in a span of four years.“We took a lot of little steps along the way,” Hameline said. “We’re on track and we’re working hard to keep improving and we’re happy where our program is. We’re happy where we are academically. We’re awful proud of what we’re getting done.”On Sept. 15, 2012, the 1987 championship team returned to Wagner College Stadium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its victorious season at halftime of the Seahawks’ season opener against Monmouth, and also to recognize its head coach before the start of the game.Hameline now coaches his home games at Hameline Field.“I’ve always said that when you get into a hall of fame or get something named after you, there’s so many other people that made that happen,” he said. “It’s a great honor and at the same time it happened because I was so fortunate to have those good players, good coaches and administrators that were so supportive to our program.”His success didn’t stop there.Despite opening the 2012 campaign with three straight losses, last season was one of Wagner’s most successful of all time. The Seahawks captured their first Northeast Conference championship and triumphed to the league’s first-ever NCAA FCS win with a win over Colgate in the first round of the playoffs.Hameline is a player’s coach, fifth-year running back Dominique Williams said, and is like a father figure to some of his players in the way he teaches them. Although Hameline’s admittedly less involved with the Xs and Os than he once was, he said there is nothing like getting on the practice field and watching players develop.He still enjoys his job as much as he did 33 years ago.“I really love what I’m doing and you get excited about going in, trying to get things accomplished,” Hameline said. “Whether it’s the AD side or the football side, you want to try and get better each and every day.” Comments Published on September 11, 2013 at 2:52 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse limits Drexel scoring chances in 1-goal win

first_img Published on September 17, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu Drexel’s Vanessa Kara made a diagonal run through the box as the ball snuck behind Syracuse’s back line.She moved around Maddie Pack, and then around Courtney Brosnan, who had come charging out for the save. Kara nimbly dribbled the ball around the sliding goalkeeper and tapped it softly into the goal, tying the game at one. “I think it was just a lack of tracking the runners and staying with our marks,” Pack said. It was the only real breakdown on the night for the Orange. Despite the miscommunication, Syracuse’s defense held firm, limiting quality scoring chances from a potent Drexel attack. Even a late goal with eight minutes remaining on a bounce off the crossbar didn’t break the back line as Syracuse (4-4-1) defeated Drexel (6-3), 3-2, for its second win in a row on Thursday night. Head coach Phil Wheddon said that the first goal came from a lack of challenging in the midfield. Besides that, he was pleased with the defense’s solid production, especially its passing. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first half, Alana O’Neill sent a crisp ball from the right side to Natasha Tcheki-Jamgotchian, who subsequently pushed the ball again to the far left. Nearly every time the ball landed at the feet of a Syracuse defender, shouts from SU coaches on the sideline for the players to “open up” could be heard. Syracuse swung the ball around the Drexel forwards with ease, establishing tempo and opening its shape up out on the wings to create more room for passes.“I thought our possession out of the back was fantastic,” Wheddon said.It was a focus for the defense to increase the movement out of the back to the sides.“If we’re playing balls long, obviously that doesn’t help us with our possession,” Brosnan said. “But if we can open up and keep the ball at our feet that’s more our style of play.”In the second half, Drexel changed its formation, putting three forwards up top to exert extra pressure on the Syracuse back line. Still, not much changed and the Dragons struggled to find consistent pressure. With 14 minutes remaining, Erin Simon swiftly stepped up to intercept a pass and then slid around a Drexel player to poke it out of bounds. Just a few minutes later, a high cross landed softly in the grass in front of Pack. She gathered the ball and calmly swung it with her right foot to her left towards Simon.“I thought they were hard, I thought they were physical, I thought they fought for the ball.” Wheddon said. With just more than eight minutes remaining, Drexel forward Madison Dunn collected a shot that had deflected off the crossbar and grazed the fingertips of Brosnan. She fired it into the back of the net, cutting the Syracuse lead to 3-2.It was the only other gaffe on a solid night, a small detail Wheddon said can be easily fixed by increasing attentiveness for the full 90 minutes. “We played really well,” Pack said. “We’ve been working on a few things and I think we’re starting to implement them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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